A few minutes ago, November 9th, The Document Foundation company proudly announced the fourth maintenance release of the LibreOffice 3.4 open source office suite software for Linux, Windows and Macintosh platforms, bringing several bugfixes.
LibreOffice 3.4.4 is here to fix some of the most-important bugs found by users in the previous releases. Fixes include bugs found in the Calc, Impress, Writer, SDK, and the core libraries of LibreOffice.
LibreOffice 3.4.4 is quite identical to the Release Candidate 2, but users should upgrade even if they have the lasted development version installed.
"Thanks to the contribution of Michael Bauer, a volunteer who took the long-time-abandoned Scottish Gaelic translation and produced a complete UI localization in just a few months, LibreOffice 3.4.4 adds yet another native-language version, bringing the total to 105."
"This shows the unparalleled value of copyleft licenses for end user software, as LibreOffice is now the most-important office suite when it comes to protecting cultural heritage worldwide, especially when the number of native speakers is not sufficiently attractive for large corporations to devote localization resources to." - said SUSE's Andras Timar, LibreOffice localization manager.
Please note that there are known issues with the LibreOffice 3.4.4 office suite when using GCJ (GNU Compiler for Java) Java. Instead, Linux users should install and use OpenJDK.
Highlights of LibreOffice 3.4.4:
· ability to work with and import SVG files;
· import filter for Lotus Word Pro documents;
· import filter for Microsoft Works documents;
· easily format title pages and numbering in LibreOffice Writer;
· enhanced Navigator Tool in LibreOffice Writer;
· better ergonomics for cell and sheet management in LibreOffice Calc;
· PDF import support;
· slide-show presenter console;
· better report builder;
· comes bundled with lots of great extensions.
LibreOffice 3.4.4 can be safely deployed for production use on all enterprises. LibreOffice also won InfoWorld's BOSSIE Award 2011 as Best of Open Source Software, and the Open World Forum Experiment Award of Most-Popular Software.
As usual, LibreOffice 3.4.4 also contains some non-critical problems, which will be fixed in the next maintenance release. LibreOffice 3.4.5 will be available for download in February 2012.
Download LibreOffice 3.4.4 sources and Ubuntu, Debian, RedHat, Fedora, openSUSE, Mandriva binary packages right now from Softpedia. Also, visit our brand-new LibreOffice Extensions section.
Download LibreOffice 3.4.4 executable for Windows right now from Softpedia.
Download LibreOffice 3.4.4 packages for Macintosh right now from Softpedia.